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Pac-12 One and Done Contestants Left

So after getting over 100 entries in our first year, with little promo, it's down to 4. Here are the remaining people and the team they've picked, picked this weekend, and teams they have yet to pick.

Zachary Sharkey zachary.sharkey@gmail.com
Has picked: ASU, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Washington State, Cal, Colorado, Washington, and

Picked this weekend:  
Arizona

Left to Choose: Utah, Stanford, UCLA

Has picked: ASU, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona,

Picked this weekend: 
UCLA

Left to Choose: Utah, Cal, USC

Jordane Lampi marxerj@gmail.com
Has picked: ASU, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington State, Oregon, Washington

Picked this weekend:  
Arizona

Left to Choose: Utah, Cal, USC, Colorado
 

Ryan Lampi rlampi3@gmail.com
Has picked: ASU, UCLA, Stanford, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, Oregon State, Washington,

Picked this weekend:  Arizona

Left to choose: Utah, Cal, USC
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The Dirty Poll! Week Nine Edition

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1 Alabama 8-0 (5-0) 1 1 1 The Tide rolled again (sorry for the lame joke) this time over Tennessee 45-10. This one was a blowout from the get go – Alabama led 35-0 at the half. After a few head scratching close wins over inferior opponents, Bama has kicked things into high gear. It’s a bye week for the top ranked team, then the game we’ve all been waiting for – versus LSU on November 9th.
2 Oregon 8-0 (5-0) 2 2 2 Slow start, strong finish. Stop me if you’ve heard that before about an Oregon game. They were tied 14-14 at the half with UCLA, before blowing things open in the 2nd half for a 42-14 win. Oregon now gets a weekend off, before the game we’ve had circled on our calendars since the off-season: at Stanford a week from Thursday.
3 Florida State 7-0 (5-0) 3 3 3 Poor Florida State. They absolutely demolished North Carolina State, 49-14 the final, but remained at the #3 spot in the polls. They’ll have a chance to jump up this weekend though – with Oregon and Alabama off, the Seminoles face #6 Miami (FL) in Tallahassee.
4 Ohio State 8-0 (4-0) 4 4 4 No one seems to be paying any attention to Ohio State, and rightfully so. Alabama, Oregon and Florida State are all playing so well – that they Buckeyes are an afterthought. But, since they played, I’ll let you know how it went – OSU rolled Penn State 63-14. They’re at Purdue on Saturday.
5 Baylor 7-0 (4-0) 6 6 5 The offense keeps on clicking, and the terrible defenses keep getting checked off the list for Baylor. It was 59-14 this weekend at Kansas, as Baylor improved to 7-0 and took over sole place atop the Big 12 standings. We’ll find out if they’re for real a week from Thursday when Oklahoma comes to town.
6 Miami (FL) 7-0 (3-0) 5 7 7 Another close win for the Canes, resulted in them being bumped down a spot in the polls. A week after sneaking by North Carolina, Miami struggled with Wake Forrest this weekend. No more time to debate the Canes’ though – they face Florida State on the road this weekend.
7 Clemson 7-1 (4-1) 8 8 9 Whew. Clemson almost pulled another Clemson, needing late game heroics to get past Maryland on the road. The Tigers are basically irrelevant at this point, needing two Florida State losses just to make it to the ACC Title game. But they’ll look to keep any slim chances they have alive this Saturday, at Virginia.
8 Stanford 7-1 (5-1) 9 5 6 After losing a shocker on the road to Utah, Stanford has now put together back-to-back impressive wins. Saturday night, they caught ever break – knocking off Oregon State in Corvallis 20-12. Tickle me disappointed once again; their offense is about as anemic as they come. But they’ll get a chance to prove me wrong a week from Thursday – when the #2 Ducks come to town.
9 LSU 7-2 (3-2) 10 13 11 LSU played Furman. Seriously. They have a bye week this weekend, before traveling to take on #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
10 Auburn 7-1 (3-1) 16 11 8 Auburn played Florida Atlantic. Seriously. But, they won and moved up in the polls. They’ll get the train wreck that is Arkansas this Saturday.
11 Oklahoma 7-1 (4-1) 13 10 13 Oklahoma needed a good week, to further put the memories of an ass-whooping by Texas in their rearview mirror. They did just that – knocking Texas Tech from the unbeaten ranks, with a 38-30 win in Norman. They get another chance to knock off an undefeated team – a week from Thursday against Baylor.
12 Texas A&M 6-2 (3-2) 15 12 12 Johnny Manziel had another unreal game, continuing to build his case for a 2nd straight trip to New York – beating Vanderbilt 56-24. He’ll put up more video game numbers this weekend, when the Aggies face UTEP.
13 Oklahoma St. 6-1 (3-1) 12 18 18 Oklahoma State played their best game in awhile this weekend, winning in dominant fashion 58-27 at Iowa State. The Cowboys travel to Texas Tech this Saturday, as the Red Raiders are coming off their first loss of the season.
14 South Carolina 6-2 (4-2) 17 14 14 This was a game for the ages. Trailing 17-0 in the 4th quarter, Spurrior went back to Connor Shaw and the Gamecocks fought back, tying things at 17 a piece to force overtime. Missouri missed a chip shot field to tie the game – keeping South Carolina’s hopes alive to make the SEC Title game. They face Mississippi State this weekend at home.
15 Missouri 7-1 (3-1) 7 9 10 Rinse and repeat. Hard to not feel bad for Missouri, leading 17-0 in the 4th quarter – they were on the brink of locking up a trip to the SEC Title game, and firmly placing themselves in the National Title conversation with three consecutive wins over ranked teams. Then, overtime happened. Missouri missed a chip shot field goal to tie the game, and their season potentially went up in flames. The Tigers look to pick up the pieces this weekend at home, against Tennessee.
16 Texas Tech 7-1 (4-1) 11 15 15 Another team that saw their dreams go up in flames this weekend – Texas Tech. After starting 7-0, and being one of the best stories in all of College Football, the Red Raiders fell 38-30 at Oklahoma this weekend. They have an immediate shot at redemption, though, when Oklahoma State comes to town Saturday.
17 Louisville 7-1 (3-1) 19 19 20 Louisville still playing, so I guess we have to talk about it? They bounced back from a dreadful loss to UCF, beating South Florida 34-3. The Cardinals play winless Uconn a week from Friday.
18 Michigan 6-1 (2-1) 20 21 23 Michigan had the weekend off, benefiting from attrition and moving up two spots in the poll. Huge game for the Wolverines Saturday – needing a marquee win, they travel to Michigan State Saturday.
19 Michigan St. 7-1 (4-0) 24 22 24 Man do I love this team. The offense is atrocious, but the Spartans belong in the conversation for best defense in the country. They did it again on Saturday, mopping the floor with Illinois to the tune of 42-3. There are still doubters – and rightfully so. But Michigan State has their shot at a statement win, when arch rival Michigan comes to town Saturday.
20 UCF 6-1 (3-0) NA 23 19 Central Florida debuts in the “Dirty Poll” after a 62-17 win over winless Uconn. After a weekend off, they welcome in 6-1 Houston.
21 N. Illinois 8-0 (4-0) 22 17 21 Northern Illinois continued to make their argument to be a BCS buster for the second straight year, beating Eastern Michigan 59-20 Saturday. They travel to take on Massachusetts Saturday (which won’t help their BCS chances).
22 Fresno State 7-0 (4-0) 21 16 16 Whoa. Close call for the Bulldogs, needing OT to beat San Diego State on the road, 35-28. They’re battling with Northern Illinois to get a BCS invite, as they welcome in Nevada Saturday.
23 UCLA 5-2 (2-2) 14 20 17 Kudos to the Bruins – a week after being embarrassed by Stanford, they gave everything they had against #2 Oregon (tied 14-14 at the half) before being dismantled in the 2nd half. Brett Hundley has been a major disappointment, mustering only 64 passing yards against Oregon and tossing two picks. The good news? The Bruins get Colorado at home this weekend.
24 Wisconsin 5-2 (3-0) 25 24 22 The Badgers had the weekend off – they travel to face Iowa this Saturday.
25 Notre Dame 6-2 NA 25 NA Hey there, Irish! Welcome back into the “Dirty Poll!” A 45-10 win over Air Force, putting Notre Dame at 6-2 on the year… Check that, make it 7-2 with Navy this coming weekend.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Gamenight Hour 3 10/22/13

Heisman Trophy
The guys wrap the show in hour 3 with the 10 most hated NFL players, replaying Huston's interview and an incredible record that Trojan condoms went after. 

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Buffalo Wild Wings Gamenight Hour 2 10/22/13

Hour two packs a lot of entertainment as the guys discuss if the city should bring baseball or NHL hockey to town. They also give us a preview of the upcoming Pac-12 games with the coaches conference call audio, and the worst actor of all-time as the new Bracketology. Adam Sandler? The guys get fired up, as do listeners. Check it out. 

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Buffalo Wild Wings Gamenight Hour 1 10/22/13

Danforth, Dirt and Sprague kick the show off with the excitement that is this weekend in college football for the Ducks and Beavers. They also bring Heisman Pundit's Chris Huston on to discuss if Mariota is the clear favorite and what Sean Mannion needs to do to make it to New York. 

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Heismanpundit.com's Chris Huston w/Danforth, Dirt and Sprague

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Buffalo Wild Wings Gamenight Hour 2 10/21/13

USA Today's Dan Wolken joins the show to let the guys know what Oregon needs to do to bypass Floridat State, and if Oregon State is truly a top 25 team. And did Indianapolis get it right with their tribute to Peyton Manning? Danforth, Dirt and Sprague discuss
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USA Today's Dan Wolken on BCS Ranks w/Danforth, Dirt and Sprague

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Buffalo Wild Wings Gamenight Hour 1 10/21/13

Danforth, Dirt and Sprague start off the show with a bang discussing whether or not Sean Mannion should be in the Heisman conversation - WARNING: Danforth gets riled up. The guys also touch on defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti's comments towards Wazzu HC Mike Leach and keeping his guys in at the end of the game. And lastly, they talk about how disappointing UCLA and Washington were, and if Stanford showed they can hang with Oregon. 

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The Dirty Poll! Week Eight Edition

Rk Team Record LW BCS AP Analysis
1 Alabama 7-0 (4-0) 1 1 1 Why are they the number one team in the land? Well, I got 52 reasons for you. That is -- the number of points scored in their game against Arkansas... None of them by the Razorbacks offense. Yep, 52-0 was the final. Miss the Big 10 a little, Beilema? If you’re an Alabama fan, you should be smiling. LSU fell for the 2nd time this season, all but guaranteeing the Tide a spot in the SEC title game... With their potential opponent being Missouri. One other bright spot, the top ranked Tide take on Tennessee this weekend. 
2 Oregon 7-0 (4-0) 2 3 2 It was an interesting night down at Autzen stadium. Mariota turned the football over for the first time this season, the Ducks were in pink helmets, Connor Halliday set an FBS record with 89 pass attempts, Nick Allioti called out Mike Leach... But the end result was the same, Oregon rolling to a 62-38 win. The Cougars always find a way to hang with the Ducks, and Saturday was no different. But don't let the final score fool you -- WSU scored two touchdowns against Oregon's scout team in the final few minutes. We've finally reached the meat and potatoes of Oregon's schedule; they'll get ranked teams in each of their next two games -- Vs. UCLA on Saturday, and at Stanford on November 7th. If the Ducks make it through these next two games, go ahead and punch their ticket to Pasadena.
3 Florida State 6-0 (4-0) 4 2 3 Well hello there, Florida State. The Seminoles have been flying under the radar for most of the season, not to mention the shadow ACC front runner Clemson was casting over them. You can officially kiss that shadow goodbye -- behind impressive Freshman Jameis Winston, the Noles' absolutely rolled in Death Valley, 51-14. The game was never close; the Seminoles jumped out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back. Not only did this win put Florida State atop the ACC standings, but also made them a clear cut Title contender (still needing a loss from Oregon or Alabama). FSU still has Miami (FL) and Florida on the schedule -- but the question always surrounds their program -- can they avoid "Clemsoning?" 
4 Ohio State 7-0 (3-0) 5 4 4 Another week, and another unimpressive win over a below average team for the Buckeyes. Ohio State had to sweat it out Saturday, before edging out Iowa 34-24 at the Horseshoe. Stop me if you've heard this before -- Ohio State's schedule only gets easier from here on out. The five opponents standing in the way of a perfect season in Columbus? Penn State, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Good luck. 
5 Miami (FL) 6-0 (2-0) 9 7 7 Talk about a turn of events -- Miami was a few minutes away from an embarrassing loss on the road to North Carolina on Thursday. Now, they find themselves in the top 5. That's what happens in a week when the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th ranked teams all lose. The Hurricanes avoided disaster, and now sit clearly atop the ACC Coastal standings. Two hurdles remain for the "U" -- at Florida State on November 2nd, and the following week at home against Virginia Tech.
6 Baylor 6-0 (3-0) 13 8 6 Another beneficiary from "upset Saturday" was Baylor -- the Bears cruised through Iowa State 71-7, and now, believe it or not -- are right smack dab in the middle of the National Title conversation. The offense leads the nation in almost every category, but the rough part of the schedule still remains for the Bears. Only one of their final six games are a gimmie (this week against Kansas) but after that it's all uphill -- Vs Oklahoma, Vs Texas Tech, at Oklahoma State, at TCU and versus Texas.
7 Missouri 7-0 (3-0) 14 5 5 The Missouri Tigers have risen to the top 10 quicker and in a more impressive fashion than any other team I've ever seen. Two weeks ago, they were unranked. Now? How's 7th? Missouri found a way to knock off Florida without starting quarterback James Franklin -- and now shockingly have a two-game lead in the SEC East. Only two manageable hurdles remain on their schedule, Vs South Carolina (this weekend) and Vs Texas A&M the final game of the regular season. Can they continue to shock the world?
8 Clemson 6-1 (4-1) 3 9 9 Whoa. I can officially say I didn't see this one coming. Clemson had two close contests against North Carolina State and Boston College -- but the strength from their win over Georgia kept me a believer. That was until Saturday night. Florida State went into Death Valley unfazed, jumping out to a 17-0 lead and never looking back on their way to a 51-14 romping. What's next for Clemson? Well, the first thing is to regroup. But luckily for them the schedule is easy -- only one ranked team (South Carolina) remains on the slate. Unfortunately, they'll need two ACC losses (or, a "Clemsoning") out of Florida State if they even want a chance at the ACC Title game. 
9 Stanford 6-1 (4-1) 12 6 8 Things can change quickly in a week -- and Stanford is a prime example of that. The Cardinal go from a devastating loss on the road to Utah, to knocking off a top-10 team in UCLA and being right back in the mix. Their season will still come down to one game, like we all thought before the season started, versus the 2nd ranked Oregon Ducks on November, 9th. But they'll have to get through a pesky Beaver team in Corvallis, to make the next one live up to the hype.
10 LSU 6-2 (3-2) 6 13 13 Arguably the biggest loser Saturday, other than Clemson, was LSU. Not only because of the heart-breaking fashion they lost at Ole Miss (27-24 on a last second field goal) -- but more-so because they now don't control their own destiny. Saturday was the second SEC loss of the season for the Tigers, and now even a win over #1 Alabama in two weeks will still leave them on the outside looking in at the SEC Title game. LSU gets Furman (who?) this weekend, before that showdown with Alabama.
11 Texas Tech 7-0 (4-0) 15 10 10 The hottest coaching name in the country remains Kliff Kingsbury, after another win (33-27 at West Virginia) on Saturday, the Red Raiders have improved to 7-0 on the season. However, much like their undefeated Big 12 compadre, Baylor, the meat of the schedule remains for Texas Tech. Starting this week at Oklahoma -- the final five games are a gauntlet (Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Baylor & Texas).
12 Oklahoma St. 5-1 (2-1) 17 19 19 The Cowboys find themselves ranked back in the top-15, but simply because of attrition. Oklahoma State only managed a 24-10 over TCU at home, but because of a number of upsets -- rose five spots in the poll. That makes three unimpressive weeks for Mike Gundy's group; a loss to West Virginia, followed by close wins over Kansas State and TCU. My guess is they'll fall before it's all said and done -- Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma all remain on the schedule.
13 Oklahoma 6-1 (3-1) 19 15 17 It was shaky early -- but Oklahoma did what they were supposed to do against Kansas, eventually pulling away with a 34-19 win. It was a nice bounce back week, after being embarrassed by long-time rival Texas, but questions still surrounds this team. It's hard to get a read on the Big 12 -- are (undefeated) Texas Tech and Baylor for real? Or is Oklahoma still the team to beat, despite their lopsided loss to Texas? 
14 UCLA 5-1 (2-1) 7 12 12 Talk about laying an egg in the biggest game of the season thus far -- both UCLA and Heisman hopeful Brett Hundley looked loss in a 24-10 loss at Stanford on Saturday. I'll admit, the outcome of this game shocked me. I expected UCLA to take the next step as a program, notch a marquee win over a top-15 team on the road and plant their flag as the Pac-12's second best team... But that didn't happen. The play-calling was terrible, the execution was terrible -- but more importantly, Brett Hundley was terrible. Once believed to be the best QB in the conference; Hundley completed 24 passes for only 192 yards (4.9 yards per completion) and threw two picks. Things only get tougher for the Bruins -- who have to travel to Eugene to take on the 2nd ranked Ducks this weekend.
15 Texas A&M 5-2 (2-2) 11 16 14 If you had a chance to watch the Texas A&M vs Aubrun game, you now know what a funeral of 90,000+ people would sound like. Johnny Manziel went down in the 4th quarter (before returning) and you could hear a fly fart in College Station. That injury proved to be the key -- the Aggies had to kick a field goal, then went three and out -- while Manziel was on the sidelines. That allowed ample time for Auburn to turn a 10-point deficit into a 4 point lead, and that was all she wrote. This loss not only knocks A&M out of the National Title race -- it could also end Manziel's Heisman hopes. It will take huge efforts the last two weeks of the season (at LSU and Missouri) not to mention wins, if he wants to become only the 2nd two-time winner in Heisman history.
16 Auburn 6-1 (3-1) NA 11 11 Might seem weird to see Auburn ranked behind A&M, a team they beat on the road this weekend, but A&M is undoubtedly the better team. Without an injury to Manziel in the 4th quarter (see above) Aurburn falls short. I will say this -- helluva job by Auburn to turn this thing around from the dumpster fire it was a year ago (take notes, USC). But let's not forget this team lost by two touchdowns earlier this year to LSU, and only has one quality win to their name thus far. The scary thing is -- they won't be tested over the next three weeks -- starting with Florida Atlantic (I hate you, SEC) this weekend.
17 South Carolina 5-2 (3-2) 10 21 20 Tennessee was bound to notch an upset at some point this season -- and South Carolina provided that opportunity. After falling just short against Georgia, Tennessee wasn't about to let this one slip away. As for South Carolina, it's just another year for Steve Spurrior. Loads of talent, all the potential in the world, and multiple losses. Will this team ever get over the hump, and make a BCS game? The Gamecocks find themselves two games behind Missouri in the SEC East -- but they can cut that lead in half, when they travel to Columbia to take on Missouri this week. 
18 Nebraska 5-1 (2-0) 18 24 25 The Cornhuskers had the week off, staying put at #18 in the Dirty Poll. Nebraska has Minnesota on the road this weekend -- while Michigan and Michigan State still loom on the schedule if the Huskers want to make it back to the Big 10 title game.
19 Louisville 6-1 (2-1) 8 20 18 Finally. Finally the fraud that was Louisville got exposed. A 38-35 loss, at home, against Central Florida officially ended their non-existent National Title hopes. Oh, and Teddy Bridgewater can kiss his Heisman hopes goodbye. Other than that, things are looking up! Mainly, because Louisville doesn't play anyone the rest of the season. 
20 Michigan 6-1 (2-1) 20 22 24 How’s a 63-47 win versus Indiana for excitement? Michigan bounced back from an overtime heartbreaking loss against Penn State, but the gauntlet of the schedule remains. After a week off, the Wolverines have a marquee test against Michigan State (1st in the Leaders Division) in East Lansing.
21 Fresno State 6-0 (3-0) 21 17 15 The Bulldogs continued their run at a potential BCS game -- with a 38-17 win versus UNLV. Can't tell you much about Fresno State, other than the fact they're 6-0 and the clear cut front runner in the Mountain West Conference.
22 N. Illinois 7-0 (3-0) 21 17 15 From one potential BCS buster to another -- Northern Illinois improved to 7-0 on the season with a 38-17 win over Central Michigan. Congrats to Jordan Lynch, who set an NCAA record for rushing yards in a single game. 
23 Oregon State 6-1 (4-0) 23 25 NA The Beavers continued their torrid winning streak, this time over Cal 49-17 down in Berkley. That makes six consecutive wins now for the Beavers, who sit a 6-1 following their disastrous opening weekend loss to Eastern Washington. But the question remains -- will the real Beavers please stand up? We'll find out how "good" this team really is Saturday night, when the 9th ranked Stanford Cardinal come up to Corvallis. Oh, and after that -- they face USC at home, Arizona State on the road, Washington in Seattle, capped off by the Ducks in Eugene. Good luck.
24 Michigan St. 6-1 (3-0) 24 NA NA We often hear about how dominant SEC defenses are, and listen to the arguments over who has the best defense in the country -- but one team is constantly left off the list, Michigan State. The Spartans can't score a point to save their lives, but damn is that defense good. A 14-0 win over Purdue this weekend, pushed Michigan State to 6-1 on the season, and firmly placed atop the Leaders Division in the Big 10. 
25 Wisconsin 5-2 (3-1) 25 NA 22 The Badgers have bounced back nicely from back-to-back rough losses against Arizona State and Ohio State -- to win back-to-back games, this weekend over Illinois 56-32 to salvage their season, and improve to 5-2. 

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